Even people not normally into politics have been caught up in the unprecedented campaign of one Donald Trump. Outrageous, unfiltered, and unlike any politician we’ve seen in modern times, Trump has shocked the Beltway by rising to the top of the Republican primaries. But what is more shocking is how the controversial real estate magnate has grown into his candidacy. While pundits were oohing and aahing over his feud with Megyn Kelly and his comments on John McCain, Trump was doing his homework. And this week, he released a full plan on immigration, proving that he’s more than just a mouth at a microphone.
The paper runs through Trump’s vision of American immigration law, starting with a “wall across the southern border.” This wall has been a central part of Trump’s immigration argument from the beginning, complete with a benefactor: the Mexican government. Critics have questioned how Trump would accomplish this feat, a question he addresses in the paper:
Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things, impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages, increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them), increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays), increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays), and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico (Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options). We will not be taken advantage of anymore.
Trump’s wall is far from the only step he envisions in the fight against illegal immigration. In the comprehensive paper, he argues for a national E-verify system to protect jobs, the mandatory deportation of every illegal immigrant convicted of a crime in the U.S., an end to “catch-and-release” policies at the border, and more U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Along the way, he soberly details how the U.S. will pay for all of this using common sense measures that any responsible government would have taken a long time ago.
“Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced,” Trump writes.
Well, that’s certainly an approach to governance we haven’t seen in a while. The liberals are right; this guy really is an extremist. Follow the law? How quaint! How positively old-fashioned!
No one’s foolish enough to believe that you can magically fix our broken immigration system with a snap of your fingers, but the strength of Trump’s proposal is undeniable. Will it work? Only God knows. But if he was able to do even a third of what he has proposed here, we would be in a much better place than we are now. In fact, if he was only able to live up to that simple standard – laws must be enforced – this country would be immediately headed in a better direction.
When the “extremist” is calling for a return to constitutional law…well, that tells you everything you need to know about how messed up things have gotten.